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Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced his retirement last month and four Democrats and three Republicans are vying to succeed him. (Handout / Handout / May 7, 2008)

By Jean Merl
March 6, 2014, 4:13 p.m.

Hoping to pick up an Inland Empire congressional district in this year’s elections, Democratic campaign officials got behind Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar from the start and hoped party voters would do the same.

But the three other Democrats in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) have so far refused to leave and one of them, Colton attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes, appears to be gaining momentum.

Reyes, a first-time candidate who has supported other Democratic candidates and local causes for years, recently landed endorsements from two House members — Reps. Xavier Becerra and Lucille Roybal-Allard, both Los Angeles Democrats. She also recently won backing from former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

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